Master of Research - Engineering and Information Sciences (By Research)

University of Wollongong

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00102E

The Master of Rolling Stock Engineering is designed to provide further education for engineering graduates and professional engineers interested in pursuing a career as a rolling stock engineer involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance sectors. The degree accelerates the career development process and produces rolling stock professionals with the capabilities to practice as valuable members in a broad range of rail organisations. The majority of students are employed in the rail industry, however, a support program is available to students without an industry contact. The Master of Rolling Stock Engineering has been developed to provide a structured approach to learning and development. You will learn from staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines and fields of research and industry experts with extensive rail experience in workshops and discussion forums, providing you with invaluable networking opportunities. You will learn to use established predictive methods (e.g. models, rules, software, standards) to generate system specifications and evaluate the performance of component systems in rolling stock (including braking, traction, containment, communication, motive power, power transmission, and train control). You will also be able to provide input into these predictive methods to create or generate system specifications at a whole system level (i.e. consist/train set), having an awareness of rolling stock operating environment parameters or constraints i.e. regulatory framework, safety, community expectations, environmental impact, funding, human factors, compatibility, capacity, and capability.


The Master program is offered on a part-time basis by distance education but does involve a face-to-face workshop at the commencement of each subject. The key areas covered (traction, vehicle design, safety and braking systems, dynamics and bogies) are supported by subjects on rolling stock environment and the design, construction and maintenance of rolling stock as an overall system. You will complete the following subjects in Rail Motive Power, Rail Vehicle Design, Rolling Stock Safety and Braking Systems, Rolling Stock Dynamics and Bogies, Rolling Stock Design, Construction and Maintenance and a research dissertation project.

Standard entry requirements

A recognised Bachelor of Engineering degree, or a Graduate Certificate in Rolling Stock Engineering with an average mark of 65%. Applicants holding other tertiary qualifications with at least five years' relevant industry experience and who are nominated by their employer may be considered for the Graduate Certificate in Rolling Stock Engineering. Applicants must also include a CV providing a brief account of their work history to date.

Study pathways

Applicants who have completed the Bachelor of Research will be eligible for 48 credit points of specified credit. Applicants who have completed alternative end on and embedded honours programs will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Study information

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Further information

For many decades, UOW's Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences has developed postgraduate coursework degrees to provide professional engineers with further training. Well-designed laboratories, practical implementation of skills and an emphasis on innovation ensure graduates have the skills to meet modern engineering challenges. Coursework programs are flexible with many subjects offered at times convenient to busy engineers in full-time employment. UOW has a distinguished engineering research reputation, particularly in collaboration with industry, both in Australia and internationally. This concentration of high-quality research has ensured that Engineering at UOW is part of the Go8 - Group of Eight Associates, the top research faculties in Australia.

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